WASHINGTON — The Nationals earned mixed reviews for their movement before Monday’s trade deadline.
Acquiring closer Mark Melancon from the Pirates cost them Major League reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn, a bargain considering what the Yankees received for veteran relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.
How Washington fares the rest of the way will determine whether Melancon — their only deadline deal — was enough.
One thing which became abundantly clear as trade rumors surfaced leading up to the deadline: The Nationals weren’t trading away any of their prized top prospects.
The names of Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Victor Robles and even Trea Turner popped off frequently in those rumors, reports, etc., and yet each of them still reside within the Nationals organization.
(We can comfortably put to bed that Giolito-for-Miller report now.)
Nats GM Mike Rizzo has referred to Giolito and Turner as “untouchable” since last summer for a reason. He confirmed some of the players other teams were at least asking about during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance with The Sports Junkies.
Burke & Herbert Bank Fan Question of the Week
Masterstroke getting Melancon for what you did in this market. Was there a specific prospect or player that you received an abnormally high number of calls on? — John in D.C.
“That’s a great question,” Rizzo said. “There were some names that were just about on everybody’s list that wanted to deal with us.”
“Some names that you guys may not recognize at the time have garnered a lot of interest,” he said. “Now, we took Giolito, Turner, Robles and Lopez off the table for everybody, so those guys weren’t mentioned very often, but would have been obviously if we had put them in play. But we didn’t.
“We had a lot of interest in our Major League relievers. Everyone loves Treinen. A lot of guys love Rivero. We’ve had some other minor league guys that are mentioned almost all the time. There’s usually a couple of names that are on everybody’s list to ask for. It was no different this year, but we kind of put that to rest early on in the process when we told just about everybody that those guys weren’t available.”